Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 19th, 2010 at 10:03 am
(Photo © Andrew Kreps via Twitpic)
Apex Bar (1216 SE Division) is the latest Portland beer joint to roll out the welcome mat for people who show up on bikes. Owner Jesse McCann is a former beer rep who worked for New Belgium Brewery (and helped us round up a ton of great prizes for a BikePortland benefit party a few years ago) whose love of bikes is evident at his new establishment.
On the bar's website, McCann writes that Apex combines a love of great beers, "with a life-long passion for all things two-wheeled."
When it opened earlier this month we heard about Apex right away from readers who where excited about the huge row of bike racks available right near the patio.
I haven't made it out there yet myself, but the Daily Vaguard (PSU's newspaper) published a glowing review yesterday. About the bar's bike-friendly vibe, the Vanguard wrote:
"McCann has two other passions... that give Apex its personality... Pictures of both are hung on Apex’s walls, including a large photograph of naked bicyclists above the bar. Also nailed against the walls are shelves designed for helmets.
The huge bicycle rack on the patio reveals McCann’s passion, too. It would take an enormous crowd to fill up the rack, which is sure to make many bicyclists sigh with affection for the place."
If you go to Apex, keep in mind it's cash only (ATM on-site) and they don't serve food (but Mexican food place Los Gorditos is in the same building). Check out ApexBar.com for more info.